Approach for the Essay paper for topics related to International Relations
Essay in civil services is a full-fledged paper of 250 Marks. The UPSC normally asks two essays which an aspirant needs to attempt. A lot of essays have been asked by the UPSC from topics of international relations and this book can be very beneficial to develop content that one needs for the essay paper. Let me point out the topics of essays that have been asked by the UPSC. This will give the readers a glimpse of the nature of essay topics from international relations. To attempt any essay, one needs to remember that there is a defined approach. First, an essay is nothing but a very long answer of GS. So, if you master the art of writing GS answers based on the thoughts I have explained to you above, then you are not likely to have any difficulty in attempting an essay. In the essay, you need to organize and articulate your thoughts in the form of an introduction, body and conclusion. The contents of these three remain the same as for GS answers, with three exceptions. First, the introduction should have a glimpse of your entire essay/ your position you intend to take/ your core points of the body and conclusion. So, it is not wrong to say that an introduction to the essay is a miniature snapshot of the essay itself. Secondly, the body should have well defined and well-articulated arguments, logically designed in a coherent flow. Thirdly, the conclusion should present ‘your views and opinion’ with respect to the stand you have taken.
Topic-1: The emerging global order, Political and Economic (1993)
Topic-2: Restructuring of UNO to reflect present realities (1996)
Topic-3: The world of the twenty-first century (1998)
Topic-4: India’s contribution to world wisdom (1998)
Topic-5: My vision of an ideal world order (2000)
Topic-6: India’s role in promoting ASEAN cooperation (2004)
Topic-7: Terrorism and world peace (2005)
Topic-8: Importance of India-US Nuclear deal (2006)
Topic-9: Are we a soft state? (2009)
Topic-10: Good fences make good neighbors (2009)
Topic-11: In the Indian context, both human intelligence and technical intelligence are crucial in combating terrorism (2011)
Topic-12: Has the Non-Alignment lost its relevance in a multi-polar world? (2017)
How will this book help in answering these topics?
A careful observation of the topics above suggests that these topics are easy to attempt if a student has conceptual clarity. This is where the relevance of this book enters. It equips you with potential fodder base to write these essays. Let me give you an example. If you look at the topic number 8, this topic is dealt with in-depth in the chapter of India and USA relations. In that chapter, I have explained that, why did US sign the deal with India? What was the need of the deal? How did it help India? What were its implications on the Indian strategy of great power politics? What were the implications of the deal on China/ Pakistan/ regional Asian security/ and global nuclear proliferation order? Same way, if you look at the topic number 12, there is a deep discussion I have done on the relevance of NAM in the multi-polar world today. In fact, when I teach at Vajiram, in my classes, since 2013, I have been giving this statement as verbatim as a homework assignment to the students and ask them to write their thoughts on this.
So, all that I am trying to convey to you here is that in order to attempt any essay, you need to have in-depth fundamental clarity of the topic. I urge you to read all the chapters in the book carefully. Once done, I would urge you to come back to these topics once again and then attempt these essays. Please send these 12 topics to me for evaluation at my email when you are done with them.